PAST SUMMITS AND EXPEDITIONS
OCEAN PLASTICS LEADERSHIP SUMMIT
MAY 17-21, 2019
Bermuda and the North Atlantic Gyre
Human-Wildlife Conflict IMMERSION
India’s Western Ghats, one of the world’s most biodiverse regions played host to the Human Wildlife Conflict Collective. Here, more than 150 people per year are trampled by elephants, while villagers routinely poison tigers in retaliation for attacks on cattle. Participants were introduced to the United Nation’s Biodiversity Hotspot program, learning about human/wildlife conflicts, and the challenges facing conversation efforts in this part of the world.
Rising Seas Exploration
There is no better place to experience the impact of climate change than Antarctica. In February, SoulBuffalo took 25 executives from a Fortune 15 company on a 10-day expedition to the frozen south, where they were immersed in the story of rising sea levels and climate change. They studied Ernest Shackleton’s Endurance expedition of 1914, one of the most courageous displays of leadership in history, in which Shackleton spent a year leading his stranded crew through the Antarctica winter, eventually reaching safety without losing a single man. For global brands, such historical perspectives and firsthand experiences help in understanding environmental change, creating deeper corporate awareness that drives new initiatives and purpose-driven innovation.
Zimbabwe is one of the most iconic places to experience African wildlife. In recent years, it has drawn attention with tragic stories like the death of Cecil the Lion and the lifting of a ban on importing trophies from elephant hunts. Underneath the headlines lies a deeper story, as locals set snares for bushmeat killing iconic species and harming regional biodiversity.
As a company, we visited Zimbabwe four times in 2017. Together with primary stakeholders in Hwange National Park we created an anti-poaching experience. Our Fortune 500 corporate participants studied this complicated issue through the perspectives of primary stakeholders and the local community, then related the complexity of the poaching problem to challenges they face running their global operations.